An image of Matter painting

Ralph Balson

(Australia 12 Aug 1890 – 1964)

Matter painting

Other titles:
(Matter painting)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ralph Balson is renowned as one of Australia's leading abstract artists of the mid twentieth century. Through his rigorous and disciplined approach, Balson demonstrated his single-minded pursuit of pure painting.

This painting belongs to his series of 'Matter paintings' produced in the early 1960s. In his 'Matter paintings' Balson employed fluid and automatic techniques of pouring and trailing paint on large boards. He allowed the paint to slip and bleed across the board's surface. At times the paint would coagulate in heavy layers which cracked or rippled as they dried, creating textural effects.

During his first trip abroad in 1960, Balson saw first-hand the most recent forms of contemporary painting. He visited exhibitions of American minimalist and hard-edge painting; however it was the work of the European Tachists and textual painters such as Burri and Tapiès that made the strongest impression on him.

Year
1961
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint and concrete on hardboard
Dimensions
67.4 x 88.4 cm sight; 81.7 x 103.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pale grey synthetic polymer paint "R.Balson.61".
Credit
Gift of Chris and Susannah Turle 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
11.2013
Copyright
© Estate of Ralph Balson